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Thread: Help choosing a sewing machine for quilting...newbie

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    I always had top of the line Singers, loved my last one but they have changed. I now have a Brother 1500P, it is wonderful, but it's only a straight stitcher but for piecing & any straight sewing it is the best.

    I, also have a Janome 6500 that I really like too.

    And for classes, I bought the Brother CX6000, I think that's the model # & I really love that too.

    They all came with all the feet & the Evenfoot too.

    That's what was nice with Singer too, they had everything before every body else them. Stuff that is just showing up now, drop in bobbin, thread cutter, stop & go, needle down, etc.

    Now, some machines, you have to pay extra for every little additonal foot, etc.

    But my Big Brother is the best on stitching regular stitching.

    Tegakat

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    i have a bernina artista 730e ,that i paid 7000-8000 with taxes,i love it has so many features but best of all it has a stitch regulator for quilting your quilts i love that regulator it,s good for smaller quilt tops but hard to quilt a quilt size like a twin,double or queen size quilt very hard to handle that size projects evey thing eles is wonderful about my bernina,then i have a elna that i brought several years ago now that sewing machine was put away for a long long time now this baby works like a dream to be trueful i think it sews better then my bernina and i think i paid 1,500.00 for it ,thats a very good sewing machine ,i was surpise when after several years of it not sewing i just took it out cleaned dust off and guess what it sewed like it was new wow ,what i like about this sewing machine is very easy to use and low maintenance hope this helps

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    Hi, I have a Jannome 6600, it is wonderfull for pieceing,applique and quilting. I also have a White 710, which is several years old but is a great machine . I use my Featherweight 221 a lot just for pieceing. I enjoy these 3 machines, and they have never given any problems.

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    Hi everyone. It has been a while since I posted. I actually have a Bernina Bernette. I bought it used and refurbished at a local sewing shoppe for a very reasonable price. It only cost us $100. I know it is not fancy, but it does a great job. I'll upgrade eventually. I was able to quilt a king size quilt top on it, so don't worry about the small size.

    My mom is computer challenged, and is not a member of this board. I'll post for her, anyway. She uses a Janome, also. I have actually used it, and it is a nice machine. Can't go wrong with a Janome.

    Robbi

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    I have used a Baby Lock machine for many years. I'd like to trade it in for a machine that does embroidery as well as regular sewing.

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    The thing I would recomend is to be sure that if she is to machine quilt the quilt that the extended throat is very hellpful. I have a Janomie a New home that is over 20 years old and a Bernina that just sits. I have worn out PLASTIC machines. I love my Janome

    Also the idea to get a little more than is wanted now is a great idea. I have several friends that purchased a simpler machine and traded up to more stitches. I use the fancy stitches on clothomg more than quilts.

    Don't forget the walking foot....

    I do not know what Sears carries but maybe go to a Janome store to see what is available before going to sears. I often wonder how much the sals people know. Good luck


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    :) I love my kenmore.It is a workhorse. It is basically a janome but does more. I bought the cheapest computerized one with about 50 or sixty built in stitches a a needle threadler . As far as I'm concerned it is the workhorse of the industry. But I'\ve only been sewing and quilting for about three years. I have two other machinesa lower priced Janome that does't do musch but still is an excellent machine and an embroidery beginning of the line janome.
    Go for which ever machine is the best buy for your need s and pcketbook.
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    You've got a great big heart, DH. But DO take her with you for her to pick what she thinks will be more comfortable for her. And yes, I can picture you in a quilt shop. You are such a good sport. :thumbup: Keep us posted.

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    :roll: You have another Janome user here. I have sewn on my still treasured Singer for years, but last year I got a Janome 3022 and I have never been happier. It has a self threader, a lock stitch, a needle down position and many patterns. I use it for sewing the quilt top, and quilting it using the walking foot. It's a great machine and I paid$299.00 and bought it at Hancock Fabric. Good luck, I just know your wife will love the Janome. :lol:

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    To answer the general question about what sewing machines people are using, I have two machines. The first is a computerized Kenmore which is very easy to use. When my local quilt store had a big sale on the Bernina Activa 220, I recently purchased one. The Bernina Walking foot, needed for quilting, was pricey, but well worth the money because it is a dream to work with. It is smooth and quiet. I have destroyed other walking feet on lesser machines in a short amount of time.

    Here is my two cents about choosing a machine. Many stores have sewing machines you can test drive or even have free or low cost classes so you can play with the many of the features. If you are shopping for a used machine, check to see if parts are still available.

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    I broke down and bought my first new machine in over 20 years. I got a Janome 760 Gem Platinum that is only 12 lbs but it a workhorse. It has a needle threader YAY, 60 stitches and I have made quilts like crazy since buying it. It cost $500 but is worth every penny. I do have to say that the first one I bought broke down a lot and the bobbin winder wouldn't work so I finally took it back and they gave me a new one. They also gave me classes for free. This little bundle is so easy to take along to classes or our trips. Your wife will no doubt want to take some classes to refresh her skills. I have made quilts up to Queen size with it but the previous posts are right in saying you need a wider throat for quilting. I try to stay with no larger than lap size with the Janome. Let us know what you decide. This is the place to get the expert's opinion!

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    I sew on many different machines. My favorite for piecing is my Bernina 1030, about 20 yrs old. A real workhorse. I sew for craft shows, so put about 8hrs on a machine a day every day. I use my Juki TL98Q, LOVE IT. So fast and needle up/down,and thread cutter. It only does straight stitch but that is 90% of my sewing. I use my Singer XL1000 for all the embroidery and my Viking for all the fancy stuff . I also have a couple of old black Singers that I would never part with. Machine total= 10

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    I have three Janomes, and love them all. I recently purchased a Brother at Walmart for its embroidery capability. Service is a very important feature -- you want to be able to have it available as local as possible. I would suggest looking in your local yellow pages and give repair shops a call and ask them what models they recommend, what models need to be worked on frequently, etc.

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    My machine at home (USA) is a regular old fashioned Singer 401, but my hubby allowed me to bring a wonderful machine with me as we traveled abroad. I have an Elna Heirloom etition with a quarter inch foot for quilting seams. I could not ask for anything better.

    If I were going to suggest something for a "full time" quilter, maybe the stronger the better. I continually have to fear what will happen to my Elna, not because it is inferior, but because it endures tropical heat and humidity all the time. Literally everything deteriorates in the tropics. If I had my choice, I probably would bring the old Singer to die here rather than my new, precious one.

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    I've been using my Janome New Home 8000 for more than 15 years, and I wholeheartedly recommend it!

    jo

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    I have been garment sewing for many years. Deciided to start quilting last November. Bought a Brother CS-100 . Not expensive... about 279.00.It has handled nine king size quilts.. all of the stitching and machine quilting, five queen size and several over size baby quilts, as I have five grand kids and another in the oven. This machine has surprised me, especially with me being a novice to quilting! It has also handled every thing from from fleece to multiple layers of denim. I bought it because it came with many features and and the quilting foot. I figured if I HATED it ...That it wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg. Darn good machine! :-)

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    :-) A few months ago I bought a Baby Lock Denim Pro. I use it for piecing and quilting and it works for both. There are a few features that it does not have because it is the bottom of the line starter machine. Luckily the store I got it from will let me trade up for the full price and I plan to do that. I would like a machine with a fast and slow speed and one that I can end with the needle up or down with a quick switch.

    There is one more little detail that I never even thought of until I started using the new machine. Some machines have a bigger "step" or angle between the part that pulls off so you can get to the bobbin and the plate with the feed dogs in it. My old Singer had a smaller "step" so with the Baby Lock, I have to be careful how I feed my pieces so that it does not mess up the pressed seam allowance, flipping it up as it goes over the step. I will be sure the next one is flatter there.

    Good luck finding her the perfect machine!

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    I use a Brother CS-80 that I bought oh, about 3-4 years ago. I paid a bit under $200. It has everything needed to get quilting.
    It has the needle stop button, auto sew button, auto threader, drop in bobbin, about 80 stitches, a throat deep enough to handle a queen size quilt. It came with all of the necessary feet, including walking foot, 1/4" foot and quilting foot.
    This machine is used every day for at least an hour per day and oftentimes 4-6 hours at a time. It could definitely qualify as a "workhorse"
    I'm sure there are many other quality machines out there, but I have to say for under $200 (brand new), this Brother was a definite bargain!

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    When I was seriously shopping for a machine for our daughter for a high school graduation present, one VIP point someone showed me was how the machines lay the stitches on the cloth.

    My singer laid them one in front of the other in a precisely straight line, while some other machines laid stitches slightly diagonal to each other. I had never noticed that before, because I did not own one of the cheaper models. But when they pointed that out to me, it was very obvious.

    It seems to me that all machines could leay stitches straight if they would, but they don't.

    GramMER

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    Hi,

    I have a Janome 1600P and it's a great machine, I'd say it was the best I've ever owned. I use it for sewing children's clothing and for quilt piecing and machine quilting (though I'm a hand quilter by preference). They are not inexpensive but I'd buy a used one in a heartbeat. I love the wide working space it provides and the stitches are beautiful.

    Steer clear of my previous machine, the Singer quantum futura sewing/embroidery machine, you spend more time clenaing it and fixing it and setting it up again than you ever do using it. I always had Singers before that, and it really put me off of them. Even the dealer that sold it to me new the year before wouldn't take it as a trade in on a different machine-- that's how much trouble they are.

    Best of luck! You sound like a keeper.

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    I have a Ianome memorycraft 6600 P and it's the best, especially with the 9" throat for quilting. I had a Bernina before, but I like Janome better.

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    I just bought a Singer Futura 250 for $799....that is the price with most dealers right now. This machaine was $1099. I purchased mine at Allbrands.com, free delivery to your door and no sales tax. Features are great....you can down load any design from the internet..it takes them all, no boxes and converter hardware to deal with...just need a computer. Right now until the end of December, you get over $600 worth of free software that my friend had to pay for! The free embriodery software includes Hyper Font, Photo Stitch and Auto Cross Stitch. There is also a rebate form to send in for free 3900 Design CD, which is normally $299.
    Large(4 1/2 X 6 3/4) and small (3 1/8 X 4 3/4) hoop. I also bought a Singer giant hoop that is 7 1/2" x 23" and Alphasew cap hoop. Oh, I forgot, if you sign up for allbrands newsletter, there is a coupon code at the top where you can get $10 to $50 off of your order depending on total.

    Depending on your budget, and size of embriodery area and items you want to embriodery...this is a great machine at a great price. (I am not a salesperson...just a sewer/quilter who likes bargains when shopping.
    Best regards and happy sewing!

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    HI tom, I have sewn on a Singer, Bernina, Brother, Kenmore and Janome for the last umpty years. I found all very good machines for piecing. However when it came to quilting, the machine with the largest throat ( the distance from the needle to the machine body ) was a deciding factor. I now quilt on my Janome which has a 9" throat. More space for the quilt. I really like the automatic thread cutter.

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    Do Not buy a baby lock under any circumstances without checking the warranty. It used to be it was only under warranty through the store so if the store closes you were out of luck. It happened to me. I bought a beautiful machine with decorative stitches for $500.00 and it quit working almost right away and the store had closed and Baby Lock wouldn't fix or send money back. I was a sewing machine dealer and got no where with them. I spent another $150.00 getting it fixed and it still didn't work right. I wouldn't buy one or take a free one.

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    The Singer 401 came out in the late 1950"s (oops! telling my age here), but I never had a minutes trouble with that one. That was during the time everyone took pride in their workmanship and things were built to last. I could clean it myself and there were no extra parts to worry about.

    You say, "...steer clear of the Singers." You must have really had a lemon. My experience with the 401 was wonderful and no radical computer parts to worry about.

    So far I am just as pleased with my Elna, but I worry what the tropical climate will do to it.

    Have a good day and use whatever you have to the good of sewing in general.

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